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Captains say cricket’s Asia Cup will give 2019 World Cup pointers

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Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed (right) and India captain Rohit Sharma are looking forward to their upcoming Asia Cup clash. (AFP pic)

DUBAI: Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will have an eye fixed firmly on the 2019 Cricket World Cup when they get the Asia Cup underway in Dubai on Saturday.

Defending champions India, who have won the Asia Cup six times, are led by dashing opener Rohit Sharma as regular captain and world-class batsman Virat Kohli is being rested after a gruelling tour of England.

Sri Lanka, hot on India’s heels with five titles, two-time winners Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and qualifiers Hong Kong complete the line-up.

Sharma said although a lot of cricket is to be played between now and the World Cup to be held in England between May 30 to July 15 next year, the Asia Cup can help in the build-up.

“In a way you can say that (the Asia Cup is a build-up) because every team wants to go to the World Cup wanting to know their combination,” Sharma said at a press conference….

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